For many details and a biography of Winifred Holt, see "WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY" by Encyclopaeida Britannica (available on line). Winifred Holt (1870-1945) was the daughter of the famous publisher Henry Holt. A New Yorker, she was a talented sculptor and studied with Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After meeting a group of blind students who were enjoying free tickets to a concert in Italy, she returned home and started the "Ticket Bureau for the Blind" to furnish concert and theater tickets to the blind. With her sister Edith, she established the New York Assoication for the Blind, serving as secretary from 1905-1914. An effective public speaker and fund-raiser, Miss Holt and her organization became a major welfare organization to instruct the blind in marketable skills and to educate the general public about the abilities of the blind. President Taft was enlisted to active support to aid the cause, along with Elihu Root, Charles Evans Hughes, Mark Twain and Helen Keller. Holt worked to end the segregation of blind children in the New York City classrooms. During WWI, the French government sought Holt's help in working with blinded soldiers. She received many medals and awards, including this interesting presentation from the Boy Scouts.
Very fine condition. Original ribbon on the medal shows minor soiling. 3 1/4" top to bottom. A fine quality bronze medal hallmarked "John Frick N.Y." at 6:00 on the lower obverse. Applied scout emblem. No doubt a unique award to a well-known woman. A museum quality item!
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